The winds of real change blow through the new Government Equality Strategy that I launched yesterday.
This is no longer focused on ‘strands’ – and whilst there is certainly much to do on improving particular issues for each ‘strand’ – be that sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, etc (if you read this blog then you will see how much is going on in terms of these issues on a daily basis) – the new strategy is about equal treatment and equal opportunity – for every individual.
It is about tearing down barriers across the field – in every avenue of life – from education to work. In work, for example, individuals, businesses and communities will be able to use measures such as pay reporting and positive action in recruitment and promotion.
Change is necessary so that we can make use of everybody’s talents and draw from the true resources this country has to offer. But it cannot happen by Government diktat and this strategy will ensure that people on the ground will have the tools to make their community and their work place fairer and more equal.